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Top Five Times Thor Encountered Ragnarok

Stan Lee and John Buscema delivered this example of "what Ragnarok might look like" as an attempt by Odin to scare Loki into thinking about changing his ways...

2. Walter Simonson's Thor Run

During Walter Simonson's run, he used two distinct aspects of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's Ragnarok at different points in his run. He opened his run with the slow but steady introduction of the villainous Surtur (who we saw in Kirby's version of Ragnarok), until everyone is fighting Surtur. Surtur even destroys the Rainbow Bridge like in Kirby's Ragnarok...

The storyline even has issues called "Ragnarok and Roll"...

In the end, with Odin, Thor and Loki working together in Thor #353...

Surtur is stopped.

At the end of Simonson's run, though, in #380, Thor also takes on the Midgard Serpent...

1. Thor #127-128

The gold standard of comic book Ragnarok remains the one depicted in the Tales of Asgard back-ups in Thor #127-128 by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Vince Colletta...

Wow, what an amazing sequence.

After that, the gods were reborn. As I noted in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, I believe Kirby intended for the New Gods to be born out of Ragnarok.

That's the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know! And feel free to suggest other ideas for Top Five Lists to me at brianc@cbr.com!

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